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How to choose Cognac?

How to choose Cognac?

Choosing the right cognac is truly an art. But we can help you with that. Join us for a brief history of the creation of this exclusive drink!

Cognac (French: Cognac) is a distilled alcoholic beverage produced in the Cognac region of France, in a large part of the Charente and Charente-Maritime department, respecting the regulations and standards of production since the authorization to use the name - Cognac.

How to choose Cognac?
The origin of cognac
The origin of cognac

Cognac was officially launched in 1938 in the Cognac region of France, distilled from grapes and then aged in barrels for various periods.

The charm of the French Cognac region
The charm of the French Cognac region

The Cognac appellation is established by decree of 1 May 1909, including the characteristics of the soils laid down by the geologist Henri Coquand in 1860. Since 1938, it has been permitted to blend grapes in the production of wine for Cognac from these regions, the order of the list being governed by the quality level of the varieties:

  1. Grande Champagne, the 1st cognac region, from which the distillates are of the finest quality
  2. Petite Champagne, a high quality area
  3. Borderies, a region where the maturation of the spirit is faster than in Petite Champagne
  4. Fins Bois, the largest production zone
  5. Bons Bois, which has the characteristic bouquet of the soil of the area
  6. Bois Ordinaires, the maturation of the distillate is rapid and the groundwater is oceanic

The geographical definition of these different areas provides an assessment of the terroirs in terms of soil qualities and climate.

Distillation
Distillation

Double distillation allows the production of fine quality alcohol. The distillation is carried out twice (double heating) in a copper still called the Charente Alambic, the maximum wine content of which is set by regulation.

The first distillation - warming - produces a product with 30 % alcohol. This is followed by a second distillation of this product. The specialist distiller separates the stages of distillation on the basis of measurements of the degree of alcohol, sensory perception and his knowledge: the heads - the first condensate, the tails - the last condensate, and the middle of the distillation.

The liquid product, the centre or heart of the distillation, has a high degree of alcohol (68 % to 72 %) and is not edible. The distillate is bottled in new oak casks, in which it must age for at least two years. After about three quarters of a year, however, it is transferred to older casks in which other vintages have matured. The longer the cognac has matured in the new casks, the longer it must mature in the older casks. Before marketing, the spirit is diluted with distilled or demineralised water to 40 % product.

Division of cognacs
Division of cognacs

Cognacs are designated by letters or names according to the age of the blend and according to the youngest spirit in the blend. In 1865, Maurice Hennessy drew up an official scale which is still in use today:

  • V.S. - Very Spéciale
  • V.S.O.P. - Very Superior Old Pale
  • X.O. - Extra Old
  • Exclusive cognacs, vintage
V.S. - Very Spéciale

A blend of cognacs, the youngest of which is at least 2 years old.

Marquis de Caussade VS
3257150502213
0.7 l
40 %
In stock
In stock
26,30 €
Claude Chatelier VS
3460410531261
0.7 l
40 %
In stock
In stock
34,70 €
Clés des Ducs VS
3760176211408
0.7 l
40 %
In stock
In stock
21,90 €
Camus VS Intensely Aromatic
3028130078932
0.7 l
40 %
In stock
In stock
34,70 €
Francois Voyer VS
3760044961114
0.7 l
40 %
In stock
In stock
30,50 €
Grand Breuil VS
3760045040221
0.7 l
40 %
Out of stock
Out of stock
33,70 €
V.S.O.P. - Very Superior Old Pale

A blend of cognacs, the youngest of which is at least 4 years old.

Brugerolle VSOP
3257150049145
0.7 l
40 %
In stock
In stock
41,60 €
Francois Voyer VSOP
3760044961312
0.7 l
40 %
In stock
In stock
41,60 €
Bisquit & Dubouché VSOP
3700637900687
0.7 l
40 %
Last piece in stock
Last piece in stock
62,00 €
Camus VSOP Intensely Aromatic
3028130076457
0.7 l
40 %
In stock
In stock
43,50 €
Clés des Ducs VSOP
3760176210456
0.7 l
40 %
Out of stock
Out of stock
25,80 €
Courvoisier VSOP
3049197210776
0.7 l
40 %
In stock
In stock
39,10 €
Frapin VSOP
3275852855703
7 l
40 %
In stock
In stock
56,20 €
Godet VSOP Original + 2 glasses
3278480103352
0.7 l
40 %
Last 2 pieces
Last 2 pieces
55,10 €
X.O. - Extra Old

A blend of cognacs, the youngest of which is at least 10 years old.

Marquis de Caussade XO
3257150502800
0.7 l
40 %
In stock
In stock
51,00 €
Bisquit Dubouché XO
3700637910709
0.7 l
40 %
Last 4 pieces
Last 4 pieces
242,10 €
Cles des Ducs XO
3760176213464
0.7 l
40 %
In stock
In stock
58,90 €
Chauvet XO 0,7l
3014400198950
0.7 l
40 %
Out of stock
Out of stock
14,20 €
XO Eiffel Mail 0,7l
3257150700381
0.7 l
40 %
Out of stock
Out of stock
28,00 €
Duc du Breuil XO 0,7l
3760045040511
0.7 l
40 %
Out of stock
Out of stock
17,90 €
Courriere XO Eiffel 0,7l
3257150709995
0.7 l
40 %
Out of stock
Out of stock
30,00 €
Janneau XO Royal 0,7l
3219947030231
0.7 l
40 %
Last 4 pieces
Last 4 pieces
61,40 €
Exclusive cognac

However, producers use significantly older types of cognac than the minimum required and therefore distinguish the cognacs by additional names:

Napoleon - ranks between VSOP and XO cognacs
Extra - ranks above XO cognacs
Hors d'Age - refers to high quality cognacs that are up to 100 years old
Vintage - vintage cognacs, the blend is from one year

François Voyer Extra Cognac
3760044961619
0.7 l
42 %
Last 4 pieces
Last 4 pieces
248,50 €
Godet Extra
3278480629234
0.7 l
40 %
Last piece in stock
Last piece in stock
538,20 €
François Voyer Hors d'Age
3760044961916
0.7 l
43 %
Out of stock
Out of stock
1 112,20 €
Tariquet Hors d´Age 20 Year Old
3359888000365
0.7 l
42 %
In stock
In stock
79,30 €
Tariquet Art Deco Hors d´Age
3359888000297
0.7 l
40 %
In stock
In stock
93,70 €
Francois Voyer Napoleon
3760044961411
0.7 l
40 %
Last piece in stock
Last piece in stock
58,10 €
Lautrec Extra Rare
3278486902737
0.7 l
40 %
Out of stock
Out of stock
123,00 €
In stock
In stock
146,00 €